Homer Bailey became the latest Cincinnati Reds starter to pitch a gem against the Pittsburgh Pirates, tossing his first complete game in a 5-0 win that completed a three-game sweep Wednesday afternoon.
Joey Votto and Drew Stubbs homered and Brandon Phillips added two hits for the Reds, who have won five in a row and outscored the Pirates 16-1 in the series. Second-place Cincinnati moved a season-high four games over .500.
Bailey’s performance followed Bronson Arroyo’s seven strong innings Monday and Johnny Cueto’s one-hitter Tuesday. The anemic Pittsburgh offense accounted for only one run and 10 hits in the series.
Bailey (1-2) won for the first time this season but improved to 5-0 lifetime against the Pirates, including 3-0 at PNC Park.
Reds 9, Pirates 0
Johnny Cueto pitched a one-hitter for his first major league complete game, allowing only a third-inning single that went off shortstop Paul Janish’s glove, and Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh 9-0 on Tuesday night for their fourth consecutive win.
The Pirates’ only hit was by Ronny Cedeno — and it nearly wasn’t one. Janish managed to deflect Cedeno’s one-out grounder into left field, barely missing making the play.
Chris Heisey backed up Cueto’s superbly pitched game with his first three major league hits, including a pair of singles and a two-run homer in the eighth against Jeff Karstens. Heisey, making his second career start, was hitless in his first seven at-bats.